“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
I always admired the amount of festivals my country celebrates with pomp and show; imbibing the spirit of good over evil and the concept of forgiving holistically. What I fail to understand is the phenomena of “feasting”. On one hand we aim to captivate hearts through food and yet gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins known universally. Then again, indulgence in itself becomes a poison; not a virtue when gone beyond limitations I guess.
Oh well ! Food is a cosmopolitan connotation nonetheless and one tends to get a wee bit philosophical when the field is debated upon so will keep this heated conversation for some other time. Coming back; Easter arrives on April 5th this year and the City of Joy leaves no stone unturned to celebrate the resurrection of Christ after sacrificing himself for our sins. Five star hotels to regular cafes; everyone wants to cash in on the fun with a hot cross bun. Here’s a special listicle for your little wallet. Surely this sacrifice to bring a smile on your loved one will be worth it.
Nahoum’s And Sons, New Market
If you’re in New Market, you simply cannot miss out on Nahoum’s and sons- the first and the oldest Jewish bakery in the city. Founded in 1902, Nahoum’s moved to New Market in 1916. It is run today by the original owner’s grandson, David Nahoum who also happens to be a distant uncle of world famous stand up comedian Russel Peters. If you prefer traditional Marzipan Easter Eggs stuffed with candy canes made of barley sugar, fruity sugar coated jujubs (jelly toffee) and the childhood favourite pineapple logenze, look no further. The place will also be stocked up with traditional hot cross buns and fruit cakes to mark the festivities. These Easter nom noms are available for a limited period only, usually maximum till a day after Easter Sunday!
Address: Shop number F-20,
Contact: (033) 6526-9936
Flurys, Park Street
If it’s Easter and Flurys isn’t mentioned? Not possible. Like every year, this year too sees Kolkata’s beloved confectionery house serve an assortment of baked goodies and chocolates. You could also lay your hands on the special Nougatine Egg, Marzipan Egg, Large Sugar Egg, Easter Cupcakes, Hot Cross Buns and Neapolitan Easter Cheese Tart among others. The festival is on from March 28th till April 12th at all outlets of the establishment.
Address: 18 Park Street,
Contact: (033) 4064-6053
April being the Easter month, Kolkata’s beloved European eatery on Quest Mall, fifth floor brings the “Sunday ho ya Monday, roz khaao Ande” concept alive all through the month. The Wonderful Egg Festival will see the serve up eggs in different forms and flavours with a few classics like Steak and Eggs, a solace dinner of softened Cheese & Eggs, a heated Lamb Egg, and a Parsi touch with Mommy Style Akuri that is motivated by Impresario CEO, Riyaaz Amlani’s Parsi ancestry. In the event that solid is the thing that makes you content, you could indulge in the Greek Style Baked Eggs and the Cheese and Eggs. There are also delicacies like the Truffled Ramen with Poached Eggs and the Smoked Salmon Kedgeree (khichuri, or curried rice with eggs), one shouldn’t give a miss. The festival is on from March 23rd till May 23rd respectively.
Address:Quest mall, fifth floor
33, Syed Amir Ali Avenue
Cafe Swiss, Swissotel
Ring in the festivities or as I would call it “feastivities” totally Swiss style as Cafe Swiss brings a special Easter Brunch for all it’s patrons. As the name suggests, the “Eggtavaganza” promises ultimate “Eggcitement” with “Egglicious” varietal respectively. The Brunch is on Easter Sunday only between 12:30pm till 4pm at Rs 1800 plus taxes per person so book ASAP.
Address: City Centre New Town,
Action Area 2 D,
Plot No.11/5,New Town Rajarhat,
Contact : (033) 6626-6541
Yauatcha, Quest Mall
The Michelin starred extradonaire hosts a delightful Easter special menu, boasting of a variety of traditional oriental flavours and desserts. Choose from the succulent Kung Pao Chicken or Tofu, to the crunchy and flavoursome Prawn Toast, delicious Udon Noodles, Vegetarian crystal dumpling, among others. What’s more? patrons can also get the taste of their traditional Easter eggs with chocolate inserts and flavourful macaroons. The prices for all of these are pocket friendly and all inclusive of taxes . The Easter Lunch Menu will be served on Easter Sunday, i.e., April 5th between 12 noon till 4 pm. You could check out their Easter menu below :
Pocket pinch: 1. Medium Egg with 5 chocolate inserts – Rs. 201(AI)
2. Large Egg with 8 Chocolate inserts – Rs.344 (AI)
3. Easter Lunch Menu – 1500 plus taxes
Address:Quest mall, fifth floor
33, Syed Amir Ali Avenue
Contact: (033) 3099-0102
La Terrase, The Oberoi Grand
The heritage hotel of the city hosts a grand feast on Easter Sunday featuring traditional roasts and other delicacies. Keep an eye on this one as your plates would be filled with the nostalgic Devilled Eggs, Roast Turkey, Quiche Lorraine, Carrot cake and Hot cross buns; straight from the chef’s scullery. If money isn’t a problem the brunch would cost you a Rs. 2500 plus taxes per person and is available on Sunday April 5th, from 12:30pm till 3:30pm respectively.
Address: 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road,
Contact : (033) 2249-2323
Easter is going to take an energizing turn! as Hyatt Regency Kolkata is prepared to give visitors the rush of shrouded pleasures, offering an extravagant Easter Egg hunt and making for an immaculate festivity with great Food. Commend the merry soul with indulgent Easter rarities at their luscious and restful pranzo at La Cucina. Visitors, particularly kids can encounter a complete Easter fantasy in a uniquely created Live Easter Egg moulded shop at the Lobby that lay a delightful spread of sweet offerings like Easter Pinza,Coloma, Easter Zopf, Easter bunny, marzipan treats among others. The Easter mayhem commences on Easter Sunday (April 5) between 12.30pm till – 4pm for lunch at La Cucina with a pocket pinch of Rs. 2400 plus taxes with Drinks and Rs.2100 plus taxes without alcohol, per person. The activities at the lobby commence 11am – 8pm with the price of the items marked individually.
Address: JA-1, Sector III,
Salt Lake City,
Contact: (033) 2517-1425/ 9831962778
Hotel Hindusthan International, AJC Bose Road
How about we leave on a gastronomic voyage this Easter as Hotel Hindusthan International gears up for it’s Easter celebrations in it’s two outlets- Mythh and The Pastry Shop.
Get prepared to satisfy your taste buds as Mythh at HHI, Kolkata uncovers Sunday Easter Brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Their array of lavish starters from Greek mixed greens to blended fish, including overpowering mains like destroyed chicken in bean stew garlic sauce, Cantonese-style fish, broil pork in fruit purée and substantially more is bound to make you salivate. Their brunch additionally has selective Indian delights like Baingan Mirchi ka Salan, Dum Aloo Kashmiri, Chicken Biryani, Bengali-style fish curry and a mixed bag of delightful dishes. To round up your feast patrons are spoilt for choice with sweet endings like Gulab Jamun, Blueberry Cheddar cakes, Misti Doi mousse, Kiwi parfait, and mud pies. There would also be live counters serving chaats, pastas, dosas, sandwiches, pizzas and flame broils. The pocket pinch is Rs.1979 plus taxes, inclusive of unlimited alcohol on selected brands and the brunch shall be served between 11:30 am to 3pm respectively. Buckle up for Easter-extraordinary desserts at The Pastry Shop along with a Happiness Egg Hunting event at the hotel premises.
Address: 235/1, AJC Bose Road,
Beside Nizam Palace,
Baker Boy, The Stadel
Vegetarians need not be left out of the Easter conviviality. The pure veg in house bakery at The Stadel brings together a variety of traditional treats for its patrons at really affordable prices. Gorge into eggless hot cross buns, dark and white chocolate eggs, easter chocolates and bunnies and not miss out on the fun all this month.
Easter – Cross Buns at Rs. 40 A.I.
Easter – Egg (White/Dark Chocolate) at Rs. 150 + Taxes
Easter – Bunny at Rs. 80 + Taxes
Easter – Chocolate at Rs. 30 + Taxes
Wise Owl- The Coffee Shop, Purna Das Road
Kolkata coffee shops too aren’t leaving any stone unturned to bask in the celebrations. Take the case of south Kolkata’s beloved coffee shop Wise Owl. These guys are playing host to a limited addition Easter special menu from April 3rd- April 5th.
Take a look at the menu below and take your pick :
Address: 66/2 B, Purna Das Road
Contact: (033) 2464-6421
So go ahead! Let the Fe(a)stivities begin!